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The Institute

In 1984, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History was founded in Peterson’s hometown of Jamestown, New York, as an educational institution charged with preserving Peterson’s lifetime body of work and making it available to the world for educational purposes. RTPI holds a Permanent Charter from the New York State Education Department and is a 501(c)(3) institution located at 311 Curtis St.

Mission

The mission of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute is to honor and continue the work of Roger Tory Peterson to foster understanding, appreciation and protection of the natural world.  Our motto: Learn it, love it, protect it!

Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson was the pre-eminent American naturalist who illustrated and chronicled the natural world to the public in the 20th century. Over a long career that began with nature study in the seventh grade in Jamestown, New York, he observed, recorded and published for lay audiences the incredible beauty and diversity of plants and animals from North America and around the world.

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White-shouldered Tanager (Tachyphonus luctuosus)

Here we have a male White-shouldered Tanager (Tachyphonus luctuosus) a common tanager in...

Black-throated Trogon (Trogon rufus)

This is a Black-throated Trogon (Trogon rufus), and a transition male that is close to...

RTPI Spring Newsletter 2015

Please enjoy our newest newsletter, the RTPI News & Notes Spring 2015, below! In it...

Northern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus)

Here’s a tremendous angle on the Northern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus)...

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

This Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was actively feeding at a migratory stopover site, enjoying a...

Talking Tanagers

Happy Earth Day! The Talking Tanagers want you to spread the word about why actively...

April 2015 Ornithological Club

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute Ornithological Club has regular monthly meetings from...

Pine Siskin & American Goldfinch

The feeders of Western New York are brightening up as the surrounding gardens and...

Black-crested Coquette (Lophornis helenae)

Flying like a bee and sporting the mane of a lion, this Black-crested Coquette...

Osprey Nest Building

Here’s a pair of Ospreys hard at work on building their rapidly-growing nest at...

Productive Vernal Pools

Have you ever wondered what might be hiding just beneath the water’s surface in...

Rarities on the Wing

I took this screenshot late this morning via this always helpful and very cool wind map....

Tree Hollow

I always walk past this decaying dogwood tree hoping to find something in here – a...

Purple & White Crocus

This white and purple crocus is just opening up in the warm spring sun, and every day...